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    Friday, July 28, 2006

    .NET Training

    Free .NET training avaliable from AppDev

    I've heard good things about AppDev, I'm going to request one.

    Tuesday, July 25, 2006

    .NET SIG in San Diego

    If you are coming to San Diego for the ESRI User Conference and are a .NET developer, make sure you plan on attending the .NET Special Interest Group (SIG) on Wednesday evening. The first few "Rise and Shout" reader that find me at the SIG may get a surprise for attending.


    .NET Special Interest Group Meeting
    Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
    San Diego Convention Center, Room 17-A


    This second annual meeting is sponsored by Microsoft® and designed for all users of .NET technology.

    Art Haddad, ESRI’s .NET Development Lead, will moderate the session. The program will include a presentation by Microsoft Project Manager, Peter Koen, "Windows Presentation Foundation" and user presentations, as well as updates from ESRI development staff on the .NET capabilities included in the upcoming ArcGIS 9.2 release.
    Drinks and appetizers will be served following the presentations.

    Monday, July 24, 2006

    Google Search Tip

    I use Google for most of my internet searches... I just found a shortcut for searching the web with Google when looking for anything related to Microsoft. Try http://www.google.com/Microsoft instead of google.com to have your results limited to only Microsoft related information. I'm sure Google or someone has some other shortcuts out there... Anyone know of any other Google tips?

    Wednesday, July 19, 2006

    Photos from Boston

    I've upload my Flickr site with some photos I took last week while in Boston. I had a good trip but it's good to be back home. Unfortunately I think I brought the humidity of Boston back with me. We are having a hot summer here in Redlands this year and now it's humid (humid for Southern California at least).

    Tuesday, July 18, 2006

    World Cup

    I really enjoyed watching the World Cup with my kids... They enjoyed cheering for teams based on jersey color or location around the world. My son loved to cheer for Brazil because of the yellow jersey's and the great names of there star players...

    Here's a fun site that will generate you a Brazil-name based on your name and surname.

    My new name as a Brazilian soccer "star" name would be ELKITO

    Wednesday, July 12, 2006

    ESRI conference

    ntheWith the ESRI User Conference less then a moth away, I’ve started working on some presentations that I’m responsible for. If you have looked at the online agenda this year, you notice that the Technical Workshops are 75 minutes this year instead of 90 minutes.

    I like the change to 75 minutes as at times 90 minutes can get a little long… With 75 minutes for the session, I’m thinking of cutting out some of the overview slides and demos and try and get into the heart of the presentation. I’m also going to try and reduce the number of slides I use and show more demos when possible. If you think 75 minutes is too short for a topic, I recently heard of a conference that had 15 minute sessions.

    Friday, July 07, 2006

    Windows XP PowerToys

    Windows XP PowerToys aren't new but if you haven't check them out you really should.

    See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

    PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

    My favorite are the Alt-Tab Replacement, Open Commands Window Here, and the Image Resizer.

    Thursday, July 06, 2006

    Portable Music players

    For months now I've been wanting to get a new portable music player. I have a small Creative MuVo that my wife and I share for cardo at the gym but I want something that I can put a lot of music on and use in the office or when traveling. Any one have suggestions? I know the iPod is great but are there other devices I should consider?

    I hear Microsoft is planning an iPod "killer" for later this year.

    Wednesday, July 05, 2006

    ArcGIS Data Interoperability

    Here is a good summary of the different data support provided by the ArcGIS Data Interoperability. This extension to ArcGIS Desktop provides direct read for many formats along with data import and export options. Data Interoperability will be an extension to ArcGIS Engine at the upcoming 9.2 release.

    I like one page summary that I can keep around for quick reference...

    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    July 4th

    Most American’s today are enjoying a day off work and school to celebrate our national independence day (ESRI is closed for busy today). I personally have too many chores around the house and other work to catch up on to take the whole day off but I will be enjoying the afternoon with my family and friends here in Redlands. And then later tonight we are going to a local park that offers a good view of the city’s firework show.

    FYI: Only 4 weeks till the User Conference in San Diego.

    SOA Summary

    SOA is being talked about everywhere these days...

    So for those not yet on board with the SOA, here is a quick study on the topic from ComputerWorld.

    ESRI has server technology that plugs nicely into this architecture. Checkout ArcGIS Server.

    Monday, July 03, 2006

    Create an RSS feed from any site

    The days of visiting my favorites web sites daily are over... I use NewsGator, my RSS Reader to stay current on most sites. But not every site I follow has an RSS feed and that's were Ponyfish comes in...

    Ponyfish is a FREE web-based tool that allows you to create your own RSS feeds from almost any web page.

    I recently setup a few custom feeds and it seems to work pretty good.

    Moving ArcGIS setting to a new machine

    I recently got a new machine and have been slowly mitigating everything over… After doing a new install of ArcGIS Desktop, I realized I was back to the default settings and none of my server or SDE connections. If you have ever had this issue, you can transfer most of your user preferences, templates, style, etc by going to the C:\Documents and Settings\”login name”\Application Data\ESRI and copying the files to the same spot on the new machine.

    ESRI Authorization Summary tool

    Have you ever wondered what developer products you have a license for and are authorized to use on your machine?

    I use the Authorization Summary tool located in the c:\Program Files\ArcGIS\bin folder. Double click the AuthorizationSummary.exe and it summarizes what you're authorized to use (what you have licenses for).

    Edited: Fixed typo in title

    Sunday, July 02, 2006

    google search box

    I'm no web developer so I like it when it's easy to update thing on a web page or this blog. I'm happy to say that today I was able to able a Google search box to the right side of this blog (under the photos). You have the option to search the web via google or just this site.

    Saturday, July 01, 2006

    BumpTop desktop emulates moving around paper documents

    As a Tablet PC user, this video demo caught my eye...

    The 3D desktop prototype for Windows, called BumpTop, does some must-see-to-believe wrangling of digital documents as if they were physical pieces of paper.

    http://lifehacker.com/software/desktop/bumptop-desktop-emulates-physical-documents-182465.php

    Bring Windows Desktop Search into Visual Studio

    Bring Windows Desktop Search Into Visual Studio With Our Cool Add-In - Could be useful, certainly a interesting bit of code as I'm using Visual Studio 2005 more and more.

    "One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people"
    - Dick Gregory

    man behind the maps - video

    Here is a fun video that I found via the ArcDex blog.

    Hope all are having a good weekend.